The 2023

Honorable Bill Lane Scholarship


In conjunction with the annual July 4th Junior Rodeo, the Mounted Patrol Foundation, a 501(c)(3), has for many years awarded the Honorable Bill Lane Scholarship to a deserving current high school graduate, or entering high school junior or senior year student, who is participating in the rodeo.  This year we will award two Scholarships for two students in the amounts of $2000 and $1000.  The Scholarships are sponsored by the Bill Lane Fund, the Mounted Patrol Foundation, and the Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks.

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Award Requirements

Rodeo participants can apply for the above scholarship awards by meeting the following requirements:

  1. High School Junior or Senior

  2. MUST be a competitor at the 2023 4th of July Junior Rodeo this year to win

  3. Community members are eligible if they are competing in the Rodeo or participating as Rodeo Queen/Princess, etc.

  4. Submit a sealed academic transcript

  5. Complete the Scholarship Application form

  6. Submit an essay describing educational goals, and how these goals will help preserve horsemanship and the western lifestyle that Bill Lane cultivated through his publishing business.

  7. Complete and signed applications must be received by June 20th

Not a Rodeo Participant?

Ready To Apply?

Submit completed application or questions by e-mail, to:

or by postal mail  to:

Mounted Patrol Foundation
ATTN: Rodeo Scholarship Award
521 Kings Mountain Road
Woodside, CA 94062-4209

The winner will be selected by June 30th and

the award will be presented at this year’s Woodside 4th of July Junior Rodeo


The Mounted Patrol Foundation has, annually since 2011, awarded a college scholarship to a deserving competitor in the Mounted Patrol’s 4th of July Junior Rodeo.  The source of the funds for the scholarships has been Lane family donations to the Foundation over the years, earmarked for the Rodeo, augmented by funds from other donors and from the Foundation’s discretionary funds.  The following is a listing of the past awardees:

2022Sophia RiccardoEntering HS senior year$2,000
2022Ryan WellsEntering HS junior year$1,000
2021Not AwardedRodeo cancelation due to COVID-19
2020Not AwardedRodeo cancelation due to COVID-19 
2019Makenna ByrneEntering HS senior year$2,000
2018Erin ShipleyCalifornia State University Fresno$2,000
2018Kaitlin RaynorUCLA$1,000
2017Emma RosmandoOtterbein University$2,000
2016Meredith RaynorCalifornia Polytechnic University$2,000
2015Morgan PetersonCuesta College$1,000
2014Austin PaddockMerced College$1,000
2013Christine FlockCalifornia Polytechnic University$1,000
2012Terrilyn BalaamFeather River College$1,000
2011Emilie ShadleTarleton State University$1,000

The Honorable L.W. “Bill” Lane Jr. (1919-2010)

Bill Lane Jr. was born in 1919 in Des Moines, Iowa, where he spent his childhood years.  He first started riding ponies there on the Lane’s small farm.  In 1928 his father purchased Sunset Magazine from Southern Pacific Railroad, resulting in a family move to Burlingame, California.  Bill attended Palo Alto High school where he was student body class president.  At Pomona College in 1937, Bill studied drama and debate, and was also a member of ROTC.  In 1940 he decided he wanted to go into the family publishing business, so he transferred to Stanford University where he studied communications and journalism. 

When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1942, Bill graduated from Stanford, joined the Navy and was sent to Harvard University for the first class of Line Officers’ training.  Due to a delay in training, he was able to go to Yosemite where he broke horses for the summer.  After training, he was proud to serve his country as aide to the Commandant, 12th Naval District, and USN Gunnery Officer on a troop ship in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

Bill also served his country in some capacity in every presidential administration prior to the Obama Administration, beginning with President John F. Kennedy.  He unselfishly gave much of his time and energy to others and was proud to be an American.  Bill was appointed Ambassador-at-large and Commissioner General for the First International Ocean Exposition in Japan by President Ford 1975-76, and as Ambassador to Australia and Nauru by President Reagan, 1985-89.

In his business profession, Bill was Co-Chairman of Lane Publishing Co., and Publisher of Sunset Magazine, working alongside his brother, Mel Lane, Publisher of Sunset Books.  Bill held many offices in the publishing industry.  He represented the Lane family to receive the Publisher-of-the-Year Award from the Magazine Publishers Association in 1974.  Bill worked tirelessly to preserve the western culture and lifestyle through stories and philanthropy.   He was dedicated to the community and an avid horseman.

Bill was instrumental in the incorporation of the Town of Portola Valley where he and his wife, Jean, had their home for 54 years. He was elected the first Mayor of Portola Valley, and remained a community leader to the last month of his life.  He was proud of his role in the development of the Portola Valley trail system and was a passionate defender of trail rights.

His lifelong love of horses led him to be one of the most loyal and longest-term members of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, The Shack Riders, and Los Rancheros Visitadores of Santa Barbara County where he rode with President Ronald Reagan.  Bill rode into his 80s.  At Stanford he funded the establishment of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, he was instrumental in preserving the Stanford Red Barn and the Folger Stable, and he donated generously to many other horse related activities.

The Bill Lane Scholarship was originally established from a grant by Bill Lane to the Mounted Patrol Foundation to honor one high school student recipient whose activities will help preserve horsemanship and the western lifestyle.  This tradition has been maintained to honor Bill Lane for all of his service to our country and to continue his legacy of preserving the western traditions that he so much loved.